I recently read an article regarding delayed gratification. While this term is not new to me, I never really paid much attention to it, much less meditate on the phrase.
As I continued reading the article, this person delayed signing a book contract until he felt he could get a better offer.
What is delayed gratification?
It refers to the ability to put off something mildly fun or pleasurable now, in order to gain something that is more fun, pleasurable, or rewarding later.
I have six brothers and sisters. My father worked the night shift at a factory, and my mother stayed home raising us kids. I am sure by reading this you could guess we did not have extras. We had the basics, and we all turned out just fine.
I remember the trips to the grocery store in the station wagon. As soon as the groceries were out of the car and in the kitchen, we would begin eating our ¨extras.¨ We could never save a twinkie for tomorrow, as it would be gone.
I carried this habit into my adult life. I felt I needed to have things right away, or else they would be gone, for good.
I associated delayed gratification with poverty and going without, when in reality it is a way for you to receive the best.
Not having and waiting to have the better for your life are two very different things.
I realized what I believed was a misconception.
Now that I have a full understanding of this phrase, what are the benefits?
Delayed gratification produces:
- Causes maturity
- You will not be impulsive
- You will choose to invest in yourself, and forgo the extras that come your way.
- You can do without the goodies that are purchased at the grocery store or the mall.
- You can say no to a phone call in order to listen to a webinar, read a book, or study the Bible more.
- Your goal will be achieved quicker.
- You will receive the better.
The best part is who you become in the process that is worth gold.
I am very blessed as I have an advantage. My husband supports me in my full-time ministry and in my studies, and I am very grateful to him and to God.
I trust one day make him and my family proud, and to receive the better at the end.